Kleist Prize(1994) ; the International IMPAC Dublin Literary
Award(1998) ; Nobel
Prize in Literature-2009
Born: 17/08/1953 in Nitchidorf, Timis county
which is in South Western part of Romania.
Citizen: Romanian born German writer
Muller belonged to the German speaking minority in
Romania. Her father was a truck driver and struggled hard to earn his
livelihood. Muller after her schooling studied German Language &
Romanian literature in Timisoara University & then worked as a
translator in an engineering factory. She was eased out from her job
after she refused to cooperate with the Communist Regime's secret
police and took up the job of a private tutor to support herself.
In 1987, she along with her husband
Richard Wagner migrated to West Germany and stayed in West Berlin.
Muller's first book was Nadirs which was
published in Romania in a censored version. But her international fame
came with publication of Hunger Angel in 2009. State
persecution, plight of the German minorities in Romania when Nicolae
Ceausescu's government was there.
To many, Herta was a surprise choice for the
Nobel Prize. When she appeared for the first news conference after she
won the Prize, she looked nervous and a bit like a kid who felt out of
place on her first day of high school. With overzealous cameramen and
reporters thronging the room, she seemed like someone who wanted to
hide somewhere. Her first reaction was--"
I can’t even talk about it. Somehow it’s too early. I think I need
time to put it all in order" .On being asked to react, last
German winner of the Nobel for literature, Günter Grass, who
declared himself, “very satisfied,” with Ms. Müller’s win, but also
added that, like many, his personal favorite this year was the Israeli
author Amos Oz.
Herztier-The Land of Green Plums(1994)
; Heute war ich Mir lieber nicht begegnet-The Appointment(1997),Atemschaukel-The
Hunger Angel(2009); Niederungen-Nadirs(1982) ;In
der Falle-In a Trap(1996)
; Druckender Tango-Oppressive Tango(1987);
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